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Legacy of Care Plays Out at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community

Special Atlantic Shores Patient and Program Tie Into New Partnership with Chesapeake Regional Healthcare

Virginia Beach, VA, February 11, 2016 --( The past and future of specialty senior healthcare in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia recently came full circle, thanks to the legacy of local family and a new program offered at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community.

In a unique strategic alignment of two local independent organizations, Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare (CRH) have joined forces to integrate CRH’s award-winning healthcare services at Atlantic Shores’ Seaside skilled nursing facility, and The Wellness Clinic at Atlantic Shores.

Offering everything from preventative and early intervention care, to rehabilitation and hospice, Atlantic Shores offers a unique healthcare solution for seniors from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk. Patients do not have to select Chesapeake Regional Medical Center as their hospital, but will have access to specialty doctors, surgeons and programs that are part of the CRH physician system -- the only independent, community-based hospital in the Hampton Roads region. The partnership also offers patients a broadened acceptance of in-network insurance providers.

CRH’s ComfortCare hospice program, now available at Atlantic Shores, recently served a very special patient, Pete Williamson, who played a role in the early history of the hospital, and who ultimately benefited from its programs.

Flash back to 1963, when the city Chesapeake Virginia was officially founded -- with 69,000 residents, only 12 physicians, and no hospital. In 1967, the Chesapeake Hospital Authority surveyed several tracts of land as possible sites for a medical facility. A 35-acre parcel owned for generations by the Williamson family was chosen as the ideal location. Pete was extended an offer, which he accepted, knowing that the development would be good for the growth of the city.

The hospital was literally planted and grew in the Williamson field, which Pete’s brother previously had been using to raise vegetables, sold at their “Red Shed” farm stand. Ground was broken in July 1973, and in January 1976, Chesapeake General Hospital opened its doors. Dr. Don Buckley, President Emeritus of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, recalled, “The hospital was in such a remote location at the time, that once a cow got loose from a neighboring field and was captured in the parking lot.”

As the hospital grew, the Williamson family came to rely on their services, with Pete’s brother Porter even spending his last days there.

Near the end of his life, Pete had been taken to Virginia Beach General Hospital, close to his home. When he needed further care, the hospital suggested Atlantic Shores as an option. Pete’s wife Peggy also had friends at Atlantic Shores, so she was comfortable with choosing Atlantic Shores’ Seaside Skilled Nursing facility.

Despite exceptional care at Seaside, when his condition did not improve, Pete was recommended for hospice care. There were several agencies to choose from, but ultimately Peggy chose CRH’s ComfortCare hospice program, in part, based on their close personal ties and relationship with the hospital. According to Peggy, “When I saw that the program was connected with Chesapeake Regional, and that it would allow Pete to remain at Seaside, it was a no-brainer.”

Available with in-home care for Atlantic Shores residents, or in-suite care to patients at Seaside, this Medicare-certified program offers specialized services from professionals trained in end-of-life care.

Mrs. Williamson was grateful for the level of care provided by the program’s caregivers, “I didn’t know what we’d need, but we never had to ask for anything.” With Pete’s passing, she loved that Pete’s story had come full circle -- the hospital that purchased their land ended up caring for him at the end of his life.

“Our organizations are connected by both proximity and culture,” states Atlantic Shores General Manager Eden Jones. “By being independent together, we can offer our residents and patients from the greater community an abundance of resources typically unavailable within a small independent healthcare community.” Peter F. Bastone, Dr.PH, MBA, MACHM, president and CEO of CRH added, “We are proud to partner with another independent health care provider that aligns with us in our mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. By joining forces, we are better able to provide excellent care to our neighbors in Virginia Beach and beyond.”

According to Ms. Jones, “In cases where we can’t provide a cure, with programs like ComfortCare, we can provide emotional support and improve the quality of life for both patients and their families. With all our programs, it all comes down to Atlantic Shores’ commitment to person-centered care, where patient outcomes come first.”

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